KULBHUSHAN SAGA … After ICJ verdict, India asks Pak to quickly release Jadhav

Kulbhushan Jadhav …in Pak jail…


NEW DELHI: A day after the World Court ordered Pakistan to review death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav, India asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer forthwith and vowed to vigorously continue efforts to bring him back. The call came after Pakistan said it would not release Jadhav until India admitted that he was an Indian spy.

Making a statement in both houses of Parliament on the judgment by the International Court of Justice, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said, “Pakistan was found to have deprived India of the right to communicate with Jadhav, have access to him, visit him in detention and arrange his legal representation.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and said that truth and justice have prevailed through the verdict which stayed the death sentence awarded to the Indian national by Pakistan.
PM Narendra Modi’s reaction came hours after The Hague-based ICJ asked Pakistan to put a hold on the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court and also granted consular access to India, observing that “Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.”
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi congratulated the ICJ, saying that the court’s verdict was based on an extensive study of facts. He added that the Indian government will work for the safety of every Indian. “We welcome today’s verdict in the @CIJ_ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice. Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian,” the PM said. ==Agencies, IHN-NN

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